Chino Valley Schools Plan Expanded Foodie Truck Festival on Sept. 17

By Suzanne Sproul | Daily Bulletin

Self-professed “foodies” or those who want to see what everyone’s talking about are invited to the Chino Valley Foodie Truck Festival.

Guests can sample tidbits galore from some of the Southland’s most famous and sought-after food trucks. And they can even feel good about munching down since this is a huge fundraiser for the Chino Valley Unified School District. Dollars spent on sampling everything from sweet cupcakes to sizzling shrimp will help support students in their educational pursuits.

“It’s a delicious way to support our schools,” said Julie Gobin, communications director for the school district.

An armada of trucks is expected at the fundraiser on Sept. 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Don Lugo High School, 13400 Pipeline Ave., Chino. The expanded version of this event will include 14 trucks, a Block Party Game truck, a Flashmob performance from students, musical entertainment and facepainting for youngsters.

New, too, this year will be a noon State of the District address by James Na, Board of Education president, who will be outlining all of the district’s successes as well as some of the challenges it still must face.

Tickets are $6 in advance and children 5 years old and younger are free. Tickets can be purchased at Don Lugo High School or online at The price increases to $8 that day.

“Our inaugural Chino Valley Foodie Festival

in April was a terrific community day that helped raise money for our schools. There was a lot of interest in the event so we determined to mesh the Foodie Truck Festival fundraiser with the annual State of the District with the goal of broadening the appeal. We are very excited,” Gobin said.

The community came out in force last spring and event organizers are hoping to surpass that success. After all, the afternoon is designed to be a family friendly activity aimed at providing a fun day for all, while still keeping the purpose of it all in mind – securing the financial resources it takes to help children shine in the classroom.

Gobin and Angela Turner of Launch Lady LLC came up with the fundraising idea while brainstorming possible projects. They wanted to attract district students and their families as well as friends and neighbors from outside the Chino Valley.

“The trend is so hot (it has spawned several television shows and trucks have built huge followings) and seeing that there was not anything in our backyard of this nature, it seemed like the event to introduce into the community and hopefully have it become a community event,” Gobin said.

She said it took a lot of work to coordinate this event, which combined fundraising, food and public school funding in such a new way. It all paid off, though.

“It’s a family event – there were different generations attending together in April. People who no longer have children in our schools saw it as a chance to support the schools and eat great food. Many of the attendees told us they travel throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties to the food truck events and were happy that it was an event to support our students. We knew we had a winner when people didn’t want to leave,” she said.

The festival will feature some favorite returnees and some new ones. The lineup is Bol Korean BBQ, Buttermilk, Don Chow Tacos, Frysmith, Greasy Weiner, Cool Haus, Get Your Lardon, Pie N Burger, Rolling Sushi Van, Rebel Bite, Shrimp Pimp, Suite 106 Cupcakery, Tapa Boy and Ludobites, the brainchild of celebrity chef Ludo Lefebvre.

A video game truck – Block Party Game Truck – is scheduled along with other entertainment. More than 100 Chino Valley Unified School District high school students will be featured in a Flashmob performance. The performance will showcase their hard work in learning the lyrics and dance moves to a song all in two weeks.

“It is a wonderful way for families to check out the latest trends in food while enjoying student entertainment, visiting with their neighbors and supporting their schools while enjoying a picnic-like atmosphere,” Gobin said.